LINE-UP: Alex Beyrodt - guitars
Michael Borman - vocals
Mat Sinner - bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
André Hilgers - drums
TRACK FRAGMENTS: 1.) "Caught In Their Wicked Game" - This intro opens with a single rhythm guitar riff. After the opening riff there was a lead guitar scale. After the opening lead guitar scale there was a snare drum fill. Over the top of the main body of the intro section there was a blistering minor lead guitar solo. There are several cymbal accents connecting the musical verse with the musical intro. The rhythm guitar arrangement along with the double bass drum pattern of the musical verse gave the verse a very intense sound. There is a tom-tom fill and lead guitar scale connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a very short minor solo connecting first chorus with the second verse. Too me there were times when Michael's vocals sounded very similar to Joe Lynn Turner. After the second chorus there was a drastic musical change that consisted of a blistering lead guitar solo.
2.) "There Ain't No Justice" - This track opens with a fairly standard progressive heavy metal intro arrangement. There is a backing harmony connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical pre-verse. There was a backing harmony connecting the pre-verse with the verse and another one in between the verse and chorus. The drum line of the chorus consisted of a tom-tom fill and double-bass drum pattern. The choruses had a huge hook attached to them. There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. Underneath the lyric lines of the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.
3.) "Circle Of Trust" - This track opens with a keyboard effect. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of main intro section. I loved the double-bass drum pattern André played for the intro arrangement. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The lyrical lines of the verse had a small hook attached to them. The band kept the choruses very short and simple. There was a small keyboard arrangement connecting the second chorus with the third verse. After the third verse there was a very laid back melodic lead guitar solo. The third chorus was arranged in the style of a breakdown section.
4.) "Living To Die" - This track was very well written and may very well be one of my favorites on the release!
5.) "Before You Run" - There is a minor keyboard solo over the top of this intro arrangement. There was an arrangement change for the opening musical chorus. There was a backing harmony in between every other lyric line of the musical verse. The main instrumentation of the chorus was the keyboard arrangement. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.
6.) "You Gotta Kick It" - This track opened with a rhythm guitar riff before going into the main intro section. There was a rhythm change for the musical verse. The main musical instrumentation of the verse was the keyboards. The rhythm guitar does not kick-in until the musical chorus. The chorus had a very simple hook attached to it. The backing vocals gave the chorus a huge hook. The lead guitar solo for this track had a very melodic feel to it. There was a musical rest connecting the lead guitar solo with the fourth chorus. The coda consisted of a vocal echo.
7.) "Turn Me Loose" - This is by far my favorite song on the release!
8.) "Born To Be A Fighter" - This track was heavily influenced by late eighties hard rock. It also is another song on the release that I really feel in love with!!!
9.) "Anytime Anywhere" - This track opened with a classic hard rock intro arrangement. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. There was a small keyboard solo connecting the intro with the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of an acoustic guitar rhythm. The elecric guitar kicks-in for the musical chorus. The double-bass drum pattern of the chorus gave the ballad an intense feel. After the second chorus there was a very melodic lead guitar solo. The solo runs underneath the third chorus and coda.
10.) "Kiss Of Death" - This track opens with a standard musical arrangement. The main instrumentation of the intro was the keyboard. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The band kept the choruses basic with huge hooks. There was a melodic lead guitar solo after the second chorus. This song was very straight forward with nothing flashy. Just a good solid rock and roll song!
Just like a phoenix after a seven year hiatus Silent Force rises from the ashes. 'Rising From The Ashes' could not have been a more appropriate title, as many metal fans thought the band had disbanded after their last release titled, 'Walk The Earth' released in 2007. Especially after the success Alex had with Voodoo Circle. This is the first Silent Force release featuring lead vocalist Michael Borman. Alex Beyrodt comments: "For me "Rising From Ashes" is not just another new Silent Force record. The long break was necessary to rebuild the band and get rid of all false ascendancy. The new line-up speaks for itself, so does “Rising From Ashes”. 'Rising From The Ashes' is the perfect title for this release. Because in many ways that is exactly what Alex has done. Meaning except for drummer André Hilgers this is an all-new band. When I first put the CD in the CD player I really wasn't sure what I was going to expect. It is very difficult for a band to replace 3 fifths of its members and release a CD with the same consistency as the previous releases. That is exactly what Alex has done. I am not going to say you won't miss the former members what I will say is 'Rising From The Ashes' is equally has great as the past Silent Force's releases. If you're a fan of good solid heavy metal then you should really enjoy this release!